I can remember the first Digital Love meeting upstairs in Green Room like it was yesterday. We were discussing the logistics of starting a new, revolutionary indie dance party on Thursday nights. At the time, Green Room didn’t really have an identity. Little known fact to a lot of our current customer base, but Green Room has actually been around for 2 years. On the weekends, “old” Green Room used to host South Beach-esque events with very little turnout. It took some balls from the managing staff at Revolution/America’s Backyard/Green Room to decide to drastically change direction, and create a party that catered to the underdeveloped local live music and art scene. For all intensive purposes, that decision was the stepping stone for the rest of our weeklys and the “Best Cultural Turnaround of 2011″. Kudos to everyone who was part of that decision– our burgeoning art and music scene is forever grateful.
Like all weekly events, the party’s name was a major topic at the first meeting. A couple of potential names for the night were thrown around such as Fuse, Fast Forward, and Lights & Music; however, none of those names stood out like Digital Love. Those two words put together represented not only a kick ass Daft Punk song (and who doesn’t like Daft Punk), but it also symbolized a night of DJs (“Digital”) and a growing community of local music fans and music lovers (“Love”). The goals of DL were laid out that night as well– showcase great local acts and get people dancing (or at least swaying). That goal is more true than ever. Going into year #2, we plan on beefing up our Thursday nights: more guest DJs, more quality local acts, more bigger national acts with strong local openers, and more quirky nights.
We cannot thank everyone who has supported us enough. Green Room prides itself on being a collaborative venue that relies on input from ALL staff members and its loyal patrons. Without everyone’s support and contributions, Green Room would be just another relic in the annals of failed South Florida live music venues. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We hope to see a lot of familiar and new faces tonight for our birthday party. The first 100 people will receive a free Digital Love compilation, complete with custom CD wallets with artwork from local artists.
One of the people at that inaugural meeting was resident DJ Andie Sweetswirl. I asked her few questions that touched on the past, the present, and the future of Digital Love.
What was your all-time favorite Digital Love memory?
The White Panda show. It was crazy packed and I loved seeing all the panda masks/ costumes!
If Digital Love was a movie, give me a song from the soundtrack?
I’d have to say Daft Punk’s “Digital Love”
What can everyone expect from Digital Love in year #2?
Digital Love Level 2! We have certainly had amazing bands play this year and we plan on booking most of them again. We’re also seeking out national known touring bands to perform as well.
I’m putting you on the spot. Green Room has a lot of loyal customers. Who was the most loyal Digital Love customer over the past year?
We have had so many friends come out and support us so often I’m not sure who to pick as the “most” loyal. I do believe Yoni is currently the [Foursquare] mayor and he is definitely supported us since the beginning. Also a few people I can think of that frequent DL are the Andys, my brother, Michael, Jason, and Bill. There are so many others who have continuously supported us and the indie community. You’re all fabulous!
Digital Love 1 Year Anniversary Party w/ The Smiths Tribute Act (event page), FREE Digital Love Compilation to first 100 attendees, open bar for band members from 10-12, DJs Mig, Andie Sweetswirl, Lindersmash, no cover, 21+, doors at 10pm